Our Vision:  

Safe, stable, and loving families for all children in kinship care and a supportive network for those who care for them.

Our Mission: 

Our mission is to improve the well-being of children in kinship care by supporting kinship families and to strengthen recognition of the importance of kinship families for millions of vulnerable children.

Our Values:

  • All children should be safe.
  • All children deserve stability. 
  • All children deserve loving relationships between themselves and their families.
  • When parents are unable or unwilling to perform their parental duties, safe, stable, and loving childhoods are best achieved by keeping children in the homes of their kin – grandparents, relatives, and family friends.

Our Purpose

To bring together kinship families, kinship service providers and advocates from across the United States and internationally, as members of an alliance that provide supportive services for all kinship families and works to improve kinship related policies and practices.

Our Goals Are to Provide

  • Support services, including education, resources and networking opportunities for kinship caregivers
  • Forums and networking for kinship caregivers to engage peer-to-peer
  • Forums and networking for their advocates to engage peer-to-peer
  • Program development for kinship service providers
  • Member driven advocacy at the local, state, and national levels for new directions in kinship law, policies, and practices.
  • Research on kinship families and their needs
  • Research on kinship navigator models so they are recognized as evidence-based practice.


Coming soon

Board of Directors

Bob Ruble (California) – President; OC Kinship & Support

Alison Caliendo, M.A. (Nevada)- Treasurer; Foster Kinship

Angie Swartz, Esq. (California)- Secretary; Alliance for Children’s Rights

Cate Hawks (Virginia); Newfound Families Virginia

Julie Treinen (Arizona); Arizona Children’s Association

Rachel Glaser (New York); New York State Kinship Navigator


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